October 9th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC targets 'radical' GOP lawmakers

The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos.
The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos highlighting the "radical views" of some Republican lawmakers.

In the first "Faces of the GOP" web video, the DNC chided King for voting against a resolution recognizing slave labor in the construction of the U.S. Capitol, and for saying last year that Al Qaeda would "be dancing in the streets" if President Obama won the election.

"With the likes of Steve King leading the Republican Party – it has marginalized itself as an extreme outpost of ideologues and bomb throwers which is out of step with not only women and minorities, but the vast majority of Americans," DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

Sevugan said the campaign will be a "regular and ongoing feature so long as Republicans continue to put out right wing ideologues as their primary spokespeople."


The effort is the latest DNC move to swing the spotlight from official Republican leadership to faces the party isn't as keen to highlight: Earlier this year, they launched a campaign attacking radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bush strategist Karl Rove, dubbing them the true leaders of the GOP.


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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. yuri

    There is absolutely no place on this planet earth for radical view holding bigots and wingnuts. It will breed more violence and encourage or connive at terrorism.

    October 9, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Kookie Right-Wingers

    This is not news. We know the right wing rabid rebel rousers are drinking Kool-aide and wearing tin foil hats. Move on CNN, there's no news here.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Mark

    The RNC has many more tagets of RADICALS in the dem party than the DNC has in rep party. So, let the battle begin. ACORN can stay out of it, too.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    I am proud of Steve King. He maybe on the far right, but that balances with all these radical liberal in the wrong, or on the far left.

    October 9, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Jim

    I for one am really tired of the Republicans. Our political discussions need to be about issues. It seems to me that all they do is mock, scoff and whine about everything. They will never get my vote until I see them putting the solutions to the problems facing America over their desire to destroy their opponents.

    October 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. mike murray

    And they call themselves the party of tolerance!!

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. donttreadonme

    Looks like the dems are playing defense again. Getting a little worried about 2010. You should be! Even some of my liberal friends are starting to move over.

    Did we really need a resolution recognizing slave labor in the construction of the U.S. Capitol.??? What is the purpose? It sounds like a waste of taxpayer money.

    October 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Wake Up

    Dems looking for radical? Look at Obama, Pelosi and Reid. The most radical left-wing leadership in the history of our country.

    October 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. mike

    And they call themselves the party of tolerance!! And I get this from CNN "Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!" but i do not see any of them!! More "tolerance" ?

    October 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. florida indep

    I guess the Republicans will retaliate by running like minded ads railing against what they consider left-wing nut cases. All in all I'm sick, tired and disgusted with both major political parties in this country. If one says the sky is blue the other will say it is some other color, it is wrong for a member of their party to do something but if it is one of our own it should not be a big deal.

    October 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Jonathan

    If the shoe fits, publicize it. The Republican Party IS run by regressives, no reason not to point that out.

    October 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That's how you play politics with these republican scumbags. Mr. King doesn't know that the White House as well was built on the backs of slaves. He needs a history lesson.

    October 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    He has also instigated an investigation of ACORN/SEIU which is probably the real reason why the DNC is target him. Maybe he should go after George Soros, then the would put him up on ethics charges.

    October 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Dan Christensen

    As a constituent of Mr. King, I applaud this action by the DNC. PLEASE help us crawl out from under the embarrassment of this representative of the "Thoughtless and Mouthy Right-Wing Lunatic Fringe". I am ashamed to admit that I live in his district and I yearn to let the world know that he does NOT represent me in any way, shape, or form!

    October 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Obamalot

    I don't get it? What did he say wrong? I must be missing the point. Are they going to highlight the fool lib that said rebublicans want people to die?? This so lame, DNC is like a little ankle-biting dog.

    October 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The Face of The Liberal Elite Democrats is Charlie Rangel (Tax Evader), Chris Dodd and Barney Frank (the housing bubble burst/Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) Harry Reed and Nancy Pelosi (Partisans Extrordinaire), just to name a few! I still feel the republicans are the lesser of two Evils and the last 9 months justify my feelings.

    October 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    I still have hope for our futue, if we can get rid of more NO NO NO NO NO men.

    They can't take away my hope.

    October 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. censored again by CNN

    Maybe the fourth attempt at free speech will not be censored! And they call themselves the party of tolerance!!?

    October 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    President Obama! Everytime anyone anywhere in the world says President Obama in a positive manner (which happens far more often than the losers on the right saying it in a negative manner), another rightwinger has a stroke! Say it loud, say it proud – PRESIDENT OBAMA! Oops there goes another rightwing blood vessel!

    October 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    If W had done even one small thing FOR this country in his 8 years of listening to Cheney, it would have meant less for this president to have to clean up.

    W DID NOTHING BUT HARM.

    October 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. al in memphis

    I've voted both Repub and Dem. This is not what most of us want, we just want to know who is not doing the job they were elected to do.

    Isn't Joe the Plumber, and Joe the Representative enough examples of people who don't bring anything to the table, yet we spend more time listen to the nothing they have to say.

    The independents need to start a news next work based soley on grading who is and is not doing the job they were elected to do.

    I forgot, it's not new if it is informative or putting people in a better postion to make decisions..

    October 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Larry

    The Republicans are asking for their America back. I wonder which America that would be?
    Would that be the America where the Supreme Court picks your president instead of counting all the votes? Would that be the America where rights to privacy are ignored? Or would that be the America where an idiot from Alaska and a college drop-out with a radio show could become the torchbearers for the now illiterate Republican Party?
    I fear that would not be the America they want back. I fear that the America they want back is the one where black men don’t become President.
    I remember that America. In that America people screaming at public gatherings were called out for what they were – an angry mob. Of course, they wore sheets to cover up their bad hair. Let’s be clear about something: if you show up to a town hall meeting with a gun strapped to your leg, the point you are trying to make isn’t a good one. Fear never produced anything worthwhile

    October 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. I Support President Obama!

    Let's be honest, only close minded, ignorant, bigoted morons who are devoid of a conscious belong to the republican party. Man is becoming enlightened and the republicans/neanderthals refuse to grow.

    October 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. J.Crobuzon

    I agree, these weird cranks are going into the history books right beside the KKK and Brownshirts, and on a facing page across from Tim McVeigh. Our kids aren't safe around people who believe these far-out things, and the double war they got us into is wrecking our economy. Let's put the old creepy guys on an ice floe and push them out into the ocean with the rest of the walruses.

    October 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Mark

    You seen all talk Obama's polls fall. They better grab what they can.

    October 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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